By Patricia Montague, CAE, SNA Chief Executive Officer 2017-01-04 23:10:21
Pledge To Be a Champion of School Nutrition in 2017 WHEN REFLECTING ON WHAT TO WRITE THIS MONTH, I first thought about focusing on this issue’s personal development spotlight on the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. Getting and staying in shape is a common New Year’s resolution, and it’s one that many of us make again and again. I do believe the start of a new year is a great time to reflect, refocus and commit to what is most important to us—I hope that you find inspiration and advice in the main features that begin on page 26. But I also want to encourage you to recommit to another priority. By now, you likely know that there was no Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill passed by the 114th Congress before it officially adjourned in mid-December. While it’s not very surprising, it is disappointing, given that the programs were due to be reauthorized more than a year ago. Many of you are probably wondering, “Now what?” While the House and Senate Committees of jurisdiction passed individual CNR bills, neither advanced to become law. Therefore, until the next Congress takes up a new reauthorization process, provisions within the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 will remain in effect. Essentially we start all over again, with each chamber drafting their version of a new CNR bill. There is a bit of good news in all of this. The previous two fiscal year appropriations bills contained language addressing sodium and whole grains. Fortunately, the Continuing Resolution bill passed in December maintains this language until the new Congress approves an official spending bill. Although this is a temporary solution, SNA will work with the new Administration and Congress to identify a permanent one. Changes in both the Administration and Congress mean that our vocal support of child nutrition programs will be more important than ever before in 2017. SNA is calling on all of its members to get involved and be active in school nutrition advocacy at the local, state and federal levels. Visit SchoolNutrition.org every day to stay informed. Sign-up to receive Tuesday Morning, our weekly legislative e-newsletter. Email or call the SNA staff if you have questions or cannot find information that will help you to be the best advocate possible for these programs. I highly encourage you to make it a New Year’s resolution to be an assertive champion of these critical programs, which have served our nation well for more than 70 years!
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